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Ghost in the Shell review

by Cole Romine

Dramatic, high tech, futuristic, and full of mystery, “Ghost in the Shell”, starring Scarlett Johansson, hit theatres on March 31. If you enjoy the anime and or Scarlett Johansson and her wicked action-packed fighting moves, this is the movie for you.

The story follows a woman named Major (Scarlett Johansson) who is a cyber-enhanced soldier. Before she was taken to a science lab where she had her ghost (her brain) connected to a shell (her robotic body), she was human. Major is in fact the first of her kind to succeed. There were hundreds before her, but all but one seemed to malfunction and die off. The one other than her that remained was a cyber-soldier named Kuze who is now a terrorist who can hack into people’s minds thanks to the new technology.

Major, the only individual who can stop him, is sent on a mission to find where Kuze is hiding and end him. But, when Major comes face to face with the terrorist, he doesn’t kill her but captures her and shares all that he knows with her. This wasn’t just any old hacking sequence or glitch fixer, but in fact information on that she is on the wrong side and that the people she works for are lying to her about her past. She is caught in a predicament and can’t seem to know which person to believe, Kuze, or her creators. The answer isn’t completely said, but the mission is unfinished.

The film had a great and interesting futuristic look. Holograms were everywhere. There were tons of buildings, and most of the population of people were robots. Scarlett Johansson, as usual, kicked butt and saved the world from a horrible enemy. For those who have seen the anime, it’s still worth seeing even if you are one who have had bad experiences with Americanized Japanese anime. The film still had plenty of action, death, mystery, thriller, and drama: basically all one would want in an action movie.